Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Tales of Camping

Just returned from a short
camping trip to visit
Son and Family...
(click on any image to enlarge)

we are getting to be physically
challenged by sleeping on
air mattresses in a tent!

A peaceful campsite by a river
makes all the effort worth it. Plus
good times with family!

I've been enjoying making Fall
doodles in my Hobonichi...
My daily pages do 'double duty'
as participation in iHanna's
"365 somethings 2018"
daily art project.

Linking up with the T party

P.S.  It ended up that our tent was relatively
dry when we packed up. There's usually
a bit of dampness from the dew, which is
fine. Sopping wet, not so good. This 
time we didn't have to set the
tent back up to dry when
we got home!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Art Journal Days

Sometimes it's a challenge to sit down and
create a blog post, because of being
busy or because of time away...
but wow....a whole month away!?
Time to catch up.

So it's a photo-heavy post today in order
to catch up with all our 'doins'.

Had a nice visit to the Ohio State Fair,
where I sketched at the same time as
other members of Urban Sketchers Columbus.
I didn't really get a chance to spend any
time with the group, but managed to 
touch base with them before everyone 
headed home.

It was a really hot day, but I enjoyed 
drawing in the barns, hearing the Ohio
State Fair choir and band, and having an 
ear of corn on the cob!

What do you do when you have half a page
filled, and then leave the fair?  You've got 
half a page to fill when you get to the 
next fair!  Below, I was surprised to see
that Fulton County, Ohio had procured a 
piece of The Towers for a 911 Memorial.
It also happened to be a day when the 
American flag was at half mast to honor the 
passing of John McCain.  The flag pole 
made an effective 'divider' from one
fair to the next. 

 Oh, did I mention the Tractor Pull on Friday
 night? Hubby loves those events! 
 Daughter and I left him on his own
 after a couple of hours...just a little more noise
and fumes than we could handle. 

Daughter plays the djembe' with her church
praise band, and they played on Saturday
night.  She sang lead on 4 songs...very 
proud of her!

Fulton County Fair, near Wauseon, Ohio.
I seem to have an attraction to bunnies.

We also happened upon the end of a Llama and
Alpaca show.  They had been leading them 
through an obstacle course.  Very interesting,
and the animals seemed quite agreeable to 
jump low obstacles and even walk through
the flaps of a tent!  "Vanilla Ice" (on the right,
above) was a llama that was a creamy beige color
with long curly hair. He had one white eye and
one black eye.  His eyes had black all around
them like he was wearing eye shadow!  I think
maybe his 'nose' should have been longer in my
drawing, but he did insist on moving around a lot.

Daughter and Son in Law are 4-H advisors, and
 there is always a big push before the fair each 
year to plan and create the Fair Booth. The 4-H 
members set up a booth in the Junior Fair Building
to showcase their projects and activities 
for the year. As I was a 4-H member as a kid,
and so were my children, it brings back lots of
good memories.

The trials of livestock and animal ownership...
something got into the chicken coop at the In Laws
farm and killed a bunch of chickens.  We suspected a
weasel or a mink.  Eight (or was it 6?) dead 
chickens with broken necks, but left uneaten. 
 Apparently, whatever it was just killed for the fun of it.
Ugh. So bury the chickens and try to secure
the coop- which for a weasel means no 
openings bigger than 3/8 inch! SIL was
pretty aggravated. Took them all day to apply
additional screen over the chicken wire.

Labor Day spent with family...

I'm back to doing the Hobonichi Challenge
this month, which is a theme of 
"Experiment, Fail, Repeat,"  featuring 
technology and inventions.  A good way to
reflect on science that has changed our
lives.  My grandparents lived in the era that
saw the invention of cars and airplane travel. 
We are living in the Digital Age, and social
media is very impactful to our lives... 
kind of scary to me to realize there is a generation
of kids that would not know how to use a 
rotary phone or manual typewriter.
I'm showing my age!

How many tea bags did you notice?
In addition to my coffee, I've been enjoying
some Vanilla Chai Tea in the mornings. So
I'm linking up for the T Tuesday blog hop
over at Bleubeard and Elizabeth's. It's 
been a while, but it's always fun to have a
beverage and see what the blogging friends
are up to. Join us!

*There were six tea bags*

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Fake Journal Wrap Up

April is the month each year that I
create a Fake Journal.  Four months have passed
and I'm just now getting around to posting
a Wrap Up of this year's project.

Stop by my Fake Journal blog,
all of the images from this year's Fake
Journal, and my thoughts on the process.

I think Eccentric is fun,
don't you?

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Hobonichi Techo Collage

Click on any image to enlarge

Hobonichi:  A Japanese company specializing in
planners and accessories, which encourages their
customers to "Make it your Life Book."
Techo:  Japanese for 'planner'.
Collage: A composition or design made by arranging
 and gluing materials to a background surface. 

My Techo is the A6 size English planner, so it's
roughly 4 inches by 6 inches, and the quotes on
each two-day spread are translated into
English. They are not necessarily 'motivational
quotes' but rather quotations from books, and
are often quirky or amusing.

I challenged myself for the month of August
to create a collage each day.

Scrapbook paper, envelope liners, doodles,
painted papers, scraps sent from blogging
buddies...they're all resources!

Our daughter asked us to volunteer at a Nascar
event, to benefit the Music Boosters at her school.
Hubby thought it sounded fun. Above, my pass for
the day. Our job was to help attendees on and off
of the Trams that went from the camping area to
the racetrack. We met lots of happy people from
many different places, including Canada, England,
Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio.

Since I dressed for sun protection and comfort,
my appearance that day was very odd, especially
with the addition of the red vest we were required
to wear!  (as my 'selfie' cartoon clearly shows)
The open-air Trams had chains or ropes
as 'guardrails' at the end of each row of seats,
fastened with caribiners.  I found that when you are
trying to be efficient and quick, that is when you
become the most clumsy at unfastening a
caribiner! (I don't think I will ever be a rock climber)
I had taken a backpack with drawing supplies,
but we were kept busy all day, so no chance
to sketch!

When someone comes up and stands beside you and blocks
your view, you might end up with 'half' a person. Can you
spot her?

Always interesting times when we visit the daughter
and son-in-law.  Daughter plays in a praise band
at her church, and they also are 4-H advisers.
So we went to a small-town parade and a barbecue
fund-raiser on Saturday, and got details about
the planning for the 4-H booth at the Fulton
county fair.  I expect we will go to the tractor pull,
and I will try to do some sketching of the 
animals again. Stay tuned...

I recently exchanged some Happy Mail with someone
in Washington state, and received a lovely package
stuffed with vintage ephemera from 
#forgottengems (on Instagram) The above collage
includes some of the goodies she sent. 

Linking up for T Tuesday, where we share a 
beverage related post with our hosts
Bleubeard and Elizabeth.  Last week there
were 10 coffee cups in my post (if you count the
one that was repeated a second time) but you
could actually have counted the magic potion 
as a beverage too, making 11! 

How many cups do you see this week?

Monday, August 6, 2018

Wizard Finale

I rather hated to see the end of July arrive,
as I've enjoyed drawing Harry Potter characters
and creatures so much!  Top left, the Hippogriff: 
a magical creature with the head and wings
 of an eagle, and the body of a horse.
Top right, Hermione's familiar: this cat could recognize
untrustworthy people and creatures. (the model
was a Persian cat image online)

Hubby is doing much better after his fall off of
the ladder last week.  He still has some sore spots,
 but at least the muscle spasms have mostly
 subsided. He even went to the State Fair with my 
daughter and I. He is a good sport, and puts
up with my sketching adventures...
and, our son drove all the way from Tennessee
to Ohio to help finish the dreaded "Gutter Project."
It was good to see him, and we are very 
grateful for his help!

To fill in some information for those who haven't
read the Harry Potter books, the owls carried
wizard's messages, just like our mail, only way
more entertaining!  The Niffler is a magical
 creature that is very fast and cunning,
but so cute. A Niffler will steal any shiny object,
especially jewelry, and is very difficult to
apprehend if allowed to escape. 

The Pygmy Puff was a magical creature that was
sold in the Weasley twins' joke shop. (It looks 
suspiciously like the Tribble from Star Trek) I
don't remember if it had a function other than 
being cute.  The baby dragon, which the Wizarding
School's gamekeeper hatched from an egg, was
pretty fierce even as a baby.  It kept setting
things on fire...

The popularity of Harry Potter's wizarding world
seems unabated, and you can even take a quiz
online to see which 'House' that you would be
in at Hogwarts School of Wizardry.  According
to the  Pottermore site (which has the approval
 of the author, J.K. Rowling) it turns out
I would be in Hufflepuff.  Probably because I 
value Trust and Loyalty very highly. (Plus I don't
see myself as highly brave, for Gryffindor!)
It's all in good fun, and hypothetical, of course.

The Patronus is an ethereal being conjured with 
a very difficult, but powerful spell.  The Patronus
cast by each witch or wizard reflected the strengths
and personality of that wizard.  I think the description
compares with the Spirit Animals with 
which each Native American identified. 
 I was surprised to be a black bear!

And on the last day of the month, the prompt
was to explain what wizarding career you would 
have.  No fighting monsters or Dark Magic for me...
just let me make cool stuff!
I am a bit sad to see the end of July,
as it means...

I didn't find any drawing challenges that struck
my fancy, so I guess I will just make collages.

It will bulk up my journal and make it 
chunky for sure!  Joining
Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Tuesday,
for which I've drawn many coffee cups!
What are you drinking today?